Missoula is known as many things: the home of the University of Montana, a cool, eclectic arts town, a haven for amazing outdoor experiences, and a family-friendly spot. Missoula is also a budget-friendly place to vacation, with many activities being cost-free! Check out some of our favorite cost-free activities in Missoula and start planning your next favorite giveaway.

Missoula Art Museum and Art park

The Missoula Art Museum is a free-admission museum in town that features modern regional artwork. With rotating exhibits and events throughout the year, MAM is a great spot to spend the afternoon! Don’t forget to check out the outdoor Art Park while you are at MAM, too!

First Fridays

Every First Friday in Missoula is a celebration of Missoula’s arts and culture scene. Galleries, museums, and other businesses open their doors to the public to view artwork. Enjoy light snacks and complimentary beverages as well at some of these spots!

River City Roots Festival

Every year on the last weekend in August, the streets of Downtown Missoula are home to the River City Roots Festival, a free, all-ages festival featuring art, family-friendly music and games, food trucks, a beverage garden, and live music. This is a really great way to enjoy all the Garden City has to offer and celebrate Missoula’s roots!

Symphony in the Park

Every year in the summer at Caras Park, the Missoula Symphony hosts a free outdoor concert in Caras Park. This beloved event features classical music as well as pop hits, Broadway soundtracks, and more.

Watching Surfers at Brennan’s Wave

Grab an ice cream cone and make your way to Brennan’s Wave in downtown Missoula to watch surfers, tubers, and kayakers!

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Visitor Center

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s Visitor Center is the largest elk display in the country. Learn about elk and get familiar with Montana’s landscape at this free exhibit!

Taking a Hike

When in doubt in Missoula, take a hike! Missoula has trails stemming from downtown as well as in the surrounding wilderness areas, so hitting the trail and breathing in fresh mountain air is as easy as one, two, three!